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Page 2 Free Press Thursday, February 12,2015 By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Almost 150 people gathered at Cheney Middle _hool Jan. 29 to honor and name the school's track and field complex after a Cheney couple who are legendary in the sport. The Lawson and Ruth Van Kuren Track and Field will bear one of the many encouragements the couple bestowed on over 2,000 athletes in their nearly 40 years running the Cheney Track Club - do your best. The phrase is one of three things Cheney High School alum- nus and current Freeman boys basketball coach Marty Jessett said he learned from the Van Kurens as a club member, the others being inclusion and commitment. "They're the definition of commitment," Jessett said of the couple that began Cheney Track Club in 1972 with just 50 kids. That first year was supposed to just provide meet .registration information to athIetes' families, according to CMS Principal Mike Stark, but within two weeks the Van Kurens were holding practices.In 1973, the club ex- panded to 160 members and grew from there, attracting athletes from as far away as Ritzville and Coulee Dam. The club began hosting meets in 1974. It hosted the Cheney Marathon and 20-kilometer races for 10 years, including one year when the latter was the Junior National Championships. Spokane runner, Olympian and Bloomsday founder Don Kardong still holds the record for the Cheney Marathon. The Cheney Track Club sponsored the Inland Northwest Junior Olympics Championships for over 30 years and several Region XIII Junior Olympics Championships. The Van Kurens have also lent their talents to other track and field meets, including 35 held at Cheney Middle School. "I think maybe what many don't fully understand about the Van Kurens' contributions to the track com- munity of Cheney Schools is that for the past three decades, the Van Kurens haven't just helped out our track meets, the Van Kurens organized and ran the track meets," Stark said in his written remarks. The Cheney Track Club accepted anyone who wanted to compete regardless of age, which ranged from 2 to 70-plus, abilities or disabilities. Jessett said besides himself and his siblings, his parents, and later on, his children competed in the club. Photo by John McCallum Lawson and Ruth Van Kuren listen along with Cheney School Board Director Rick Mount (left), Cheney High alumnus and current Freeman boys' basketball head coach Marty Jessett (second from right) and Cheney School Board Presi- dent Henry Browne (right) to'speakers at the Jan. 29 dedication of Cheney Middle School's track in their honor. As someone who competed four years at the junior As a member of the Colorado State University high level, Jessett said he was a rarity. The reason was cross country team, Holland was named the Mountain he began competing in the fifth grade because there was West Conference's Freshman of the Year in 2013. no school program at his level. Lawson Van Kuren, who Ruth Van Kuren, who served as an instructional taught and coached in the district for 30 years, told him aide at Betz Elementary School for 19 years, said the to come to the junior high and practice with the team. years of trips with carloads of kids, inventing "crazy "That was a way of including me when there games" to get them to run and train without realizing wasn't an opportunity," Jessett said. that's what they were doing, hauling track equipment Cheney Track Club has produced numerous localaround, plane rides to nationals and buying sundaes and regional champions over the years, including a pair in Wenatchee were more than worth it. of national champions. Those accomplishments have also "We enjoyed the adventure," she said. "Thanks spilled into the high school and even collegiate arena, to many of you for helping us, and there are a lot of One of those was Kurt Holland's daughter Sanne, you out there who have done that." a "hyperactive kid" who he said "thrived" as a result "Ruth and Lawson are very good at making an impact of the Van Kurens" work. in others lives," Cheney School Board Rick Mount At Cheney High, Sanne Holland won back-to-back said'M°untthenrecitedaphrasefr°manunkn°wnauth°r state titles in the 3,200-meter run in 2011 and 2012. As that "The hardest thing to teach is how to care." a cross country runner, she placed second, third twice "Lawson and Ruth, thank you for teaching us all and fourth in four 2A state appearances, helping lead how to care," Mount said. the Blackhawks girls to a fourth-place finish in 2010, John McCallum can be reached at jmac@cheneld PmSS. second in 2011 and a state title in 2012. com. M dical ke band and choir students advance tO By AL STOVER StaffReporter The Medical Lake High School band , and choir programs car0e off a success- i solo/ensemble festival Feb. 7 with 10 ! -students winning first place in several categories. These musicians will perform at the WIAA/Washington Music Educa- tors Association state solo/ensemble festival in Ellensburg in April. Medical Lake band director Craig Johnson and choir director Heidi Petersen were thrilled to see so many of their stu- dents advance to state-level competition Arevalo voted "They were going up against stu- second in the alto saxophone division year's competition, which she said was dents from 3A schools," Johnson said. while Sofia Novocheckhova placed a learning experience for her. "Being from a smaller school they were third in the flute category. "Now that I'm going to state I feel kind of the underdogs." In band ensembles, Burris, along like I can do anything I set my ,mind Stephanie Bums earned her fourth with Emma Ransom, Ivie Fleur Rabon to," McIntyre said. consecutive state trip after she once again and Alexis Rolan - collectively known Three choir ensembles advanced placed first in the clarinet category, as the Cardinal Clarinet Quintet - fin- to state. Novocheckhova and Pacheco "It was really great to see the pay- ished second out of 26 groups in the won the small women's vocal division. off from all of the hard work I put in," small woodwind ensembles. The ML Skyler Watchel, Chris Keister, Brenden Burris said. Flute Trio - comprised of Novocheck- Satcher and Shay McIntyre finished first Burris isn't the only solo instrument hove, Jeremy Ryan and Mikayla McCoy in the men's ensemble division. Watchel, performer going on to state as Nick Ish- - took third in the same category. Rayann and Shay McIntyre and Madison erwood won the guitar division for the As for choir, Rayann Mclntyre won Pearson took the top spot in the small second year. Emilie Browning finished the alto division while Jasmin Pacheco mixed vocal ensemble division. President Emeritus cameinsecondinthesopranocategory.AI Stover can be reached at Mclntyre competed in the previousal@cheneyfret' By PAUL DELANEY awarded upon retirement and the installation of the Staff Reporter to recognize honorablered tuff at Roos Field. One of Eastern Wash-service to a university.Ar valo came to East- ington University's most During his time at ern in April 2006 from the beloved past presidents EWU, hebrought the uni- University of Texas-Pan was honored with a rare versity to new heights in American (UTPA), where designation at the Jan. 30 enrollment, academic suc- he served as provost and meeting of the school's cess, facility enhancement vice president for academic Board of Trustees. and athletics, including a affairs. He is the first Latino Dr. Rodolfo Ar valo,nationalchampionshipinpresident at any public four- who retired this past July football in 2010. year college or university in after having served as presi- His time as president the state of Washington. dentforeightyearsbetween was also marked by tre- He and his wife Nadine, 2006-14, was unanimously mendous growth in fa- who were deeply invested voted thetitle,"EWUPresi- cilities, including a new in the local community as dent Emeritus." student recreation center, volunteers at the Cheney Ar valo joins H. the first new residence hall Food Bank, retired to the George Frederickson as in decades, the state-of- Kansas City, Ken. area. the only Easternleaders to the-art renovation of the PaulDelaneycanbereached be given president emeri- school's largest academic at pdelaney@cheney epress. tus status, a title typically building, Patterson Hall com. Hallett honors PACE award winners Hallett Elemen- Isaac Lindsey, Marinbastian Cochran and tary announced the McKee, IsaacBarr,Ka-Camaryn Clark-Bran- Partners Advancing rissaMakusandChloe den. Character Education Burtenshaw. Can - JoshuaPul- (PACE) award win- Bug - Samuel lom, Johnny Meckel, ners for January. Skinner, Ethan Re- Zackarv Lee, Nolan PACE/Pride - Ab- gan, Madison Griffis, Gallup, Alden Dora- igail Hall, Savanah Jhordyn Rodriguez, mus, Chloe Parson, Evans, Gabby Estes, Danica Gall, Sydney Garrett Montney, De- Jess Harrison, Even Lund, Hector Gomez, Marcus Skinner, Shael- Dennis, Elliott Bovey, Cody Huston, Isabel-lyn Deardorff, Caydan Elliot Mylan, Triana la Price, Faber Wal-Wagner, Jamal Shy- Canty, Hunter Hoop- lace, Skylar DeVore,vers, Landon Canady, er, Cailee Hawkins, TrynityHanks, RheeseKyAunna Meacham, Julianna Laird, Tay- Stevens, Caleb Ayling, Ryen Gibby, Phillip lyn Delgado, Rebecca Noele, Brodee Bahr, Scherbina and Kamaile James, Faith Ehrgott, LaMar Skinner, Se- Paikuli. Cheney Federal Credit Union Congratulates February Student of the Month Alex Tareski 5th Grade ,~ Betz Elementary rL~,~~der~, Cr~d~Pt Union ~' ~Street, Cheney.WA 235-6533 Whore others have branches--we have our roots. If you live, work, worship or go to school in Cheney or Medical Lake school districts, you are eligible to join Cheney Federal Credit Union. Congratu lations Medical Lake High School Junior, Claire Dormaier Academic Student of the Medical Lake Meetings are the 3rd Dollars for Thursday each m0nth SCHOLARS" at6:30 pm at Medical Lake A of City Hall Chambers ErnaU: Specialty Asphalt honors Cheney High School Junior, Devin Nouyen Academic Student of Week